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    Successes, failures and a finale

    Life, Graham K. Rogers, Published on 12/04/2017

    » On May 2, Apple will announce its Second Quarter Results for 2017. The conference call is scheduled for 2pm Cupertino Time on Tuesday, which is around 4am Wednesday here. In the next couple of weeks we can expect a series of comments about how Apple will fail; and on how it should spend its cash on buying companies. Ignore these: Apple does its own thing and is usually right in the long run.

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    A busy week for Apple and me

    Life, Graham K. Rogers, Published on 05/04/2017

    » On March 28, there were updates for iOS (10.3) that introduced AFPS: the new Apple File System, which is expected eventually to expand to macOS. There may be some gains in space and speed but these are expected to be small. Also updated were macOS (10.12.4), WatchOS and tvOS.

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    Changes to Apple products and updates to apps

    Life, Graham K. Rogers, Published on 29/03/2017

    » Despite several sure-fire rumours, there was no special event in March. Instead, there was a hint of change when the online stores went down for maintenance on Tuesday evening. A number of additions and changes were made to iPhones and iPads, while new Apple Watch bands were also announced. Apple updated its Swift Playgrounds app with new languages and announced Clips, a new iOS app for making videos: perfect for sharing on social-networking sites. It will be released in April.

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    QardioArm wireless blood pressure monitor and Apple's HealthKit

    Life, Graham K. Rogers, Published on 22/03/2017

    » There has been much written about the Internet of Things (IoT): devices that are connected, interconnected and linked via our smartphones, computers and web technology. The IoT brief covers a wide range of devices for industry, home and health, with some crossovers. One example is the sports-related device that records personal inputs -- these also have a relevance to health.

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    Startup key combinations

    Life, Graham K. Rogers, Published on 15/03/2017

    » The arrival of the Touch Bar with the MacBook Pro brought into focus how some of us use our devices, especially personal computers. The emphasis here is on the word, "personal". Over the last three months (a MacBook Pro arrived in my hands in the last days of November) I have been able to incorporate the features that the Touch Bar provides into my workflow.

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    BeatsX: Not the phones I am looking for

    Life, Graham K. Rogers, Published on 08/03/2017

    » When Apple announced the AirPods, the W1 chip was also for Beats devices, including the BeatsX earphones. Like Apple AirPods these were delayed several weeks. When the BeatsX were finally available I ordered a pair in blue (5,900 baht), from the Apple Store online. They arrived last week and are also in iStudio stores, although availability is limited.

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    Apple 2017 WorldWide Developers' Conference shifts to San Jose

    Life, Graham K. Rogers, Published on 22/02/2017

    » This week Apple announced that its 2017 Worldwide Developers' Conference (WWDC) would take place from June 5-9. Notably the event is moved from San Francisco to the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

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    HomeKit accessories and device availability in Thailand

    Life, Graham K. Rogers, Published on 15/02/2017

    » One of the side-notes from Apple's recent quarterly report was Tim Cook's comments about his automated home. While some likened this to the 1960s Jetsons, my attempts to reach home-automation nirvana more resemble the dystopian world of Sam Lowry in Terry Gilliam's Brazil.

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    A good quarter for Apple and looking to the future

    Life, Graham K. Rogers, Published on 08/02/2017

    » Last week, Apple released figures for its most recent quarter, which includes the run up to the new year. There was revenue of US$78.4 billion, beating Wall Street experts again. We must wait for the often-predicted doom a little while longer. Apple thinks revenue for the next quarter should be between $51.5-53.5 billion.

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    Correcting impressions, Apple news and a backup alternative

    Life, Graham K. Rogers, Published on 01/02/2017

    » I bumped into one of my former students one evening last week travelling home on the BTS. As a computer engineer he is interested in technology and asked me about the AirPods. I took them out to chat. He told me that he had heard that they fell out easily. Not true, I said. Not once, even riding on the back of motorcycles through the Thon Buri sois has this happened.

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